Department of the Army Files: Telegram
The Under Secretary of the
Navy (Gates) to the Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans to the Commander
in Chief, United States Fleet (Gardner)
ComNavEu passes action UnderSeeNavs 212100 to CominCh and CNO for Rear Admiral Matthias B. Gardner.
Please see Joint Chiefs memorandum to State War Navy Coordinating Committee 17 July 19451 original of which was delivered to Colonel Harrison Gerhardt at Terminal on 17 July 1945. …2 We3 feel you should vigorously support treatment of Kiel [Canal] recommended by Joint Chiefs if question of Kiel cannot be avoided.